Thursday, July 01, 2021

The nick of time.

Good piece on the Florida condo collapse at the WaPo, profusely illustrated. What grabbed me, though, wasn't the technical and engineering explainers, but this resident's account:
"Sara Nir, a resident, told The Post that shortly before 1 a.m., she noticed loud “knocking” noises that she assumed were caused by construction work. Around 1:14 a.m., she heard a noise that she thought sounded like a wall crashing down, and she left her ground-level apartment to complain to a security guard in the lobby.

She estimated that about a minute later, while she was in the lobby, she heard a very large boom and saw that part of the surface-level parking area — and part of the pool deck — had collapsed into the underground parking garage. She and the two of her children who were home at the time then ran from the building.

Nir’s son called 911 at 1:19 a.m., he said, a time that he said he confirmed by checking the time stamp on his phone. About a minute later, a dispatcher with Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue called for an engine to respond to an alarm at the building, audio shows.

According to additional EMS audio, the building collapsed between 1:24 and 1:25 a.m. while Engine 76 was en route.
Talk about someone who needed to quickly go and buy a lottery ticket.

(The piece is likely paywalled. Archive sites are your friend.)